Day in history for May 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The meat markets of this city are to be closed at midnight on Monday, June 2, and on Saturday will be kept open from 4 to 10 p.m.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The P.L. Cable family has returned from the South.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway have asked that old carmen receive 22 1/2 cents an hour and new employees 20 1/2 cents an hour.

1931 -- 75 years ago
After ascending to a height of over 50,000 feet and a new world altitude record, Dr. Henry August Piccard predicted that the stratosphere would be the ''only practicable element'' for long distance flying, providing plane cabins in the future were made airtight.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A young chemistry enthusiast and his father are scheduled to confer with Rock Island Police this afternoon. The boy, 15, a student at Central Junior High, has aroused complaints from neighbors for making gun powder for use in rockets which he allegedly fired from the yard of his home.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant to complete a four-diamond ballfield in southwest Rock Island. The 28-acre ballfield near Andalusia Road and W. 31st St. will probably be ready to open by the summer of 1982.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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